Tuesday, December 23, 2014

'Tis the Season : Educational animated resources

Google Doodle Holiday Spirit

As we end the trimester, moving through winter solstice toward the returning light, may the Holiday Spirit of the educational community help ease December’s chill.
Here some cute digital resources that will cheer kids around the world now that they are enjoying the holiday season.

Google has begun the countdown to Christmas with the first in a series of its popular festive Google Doodles. Today you will find a new one. Let's see the third on 24 December.

The festive ’Tis the season! doodle, which gets a new incarnation each year, is the search giant’s way of celebrating the start of the Christmas holiday season for its users across the globe.

Ho ho ho ! Santa fans this Christmas have a choice between two Santa trackers: Google's Santa Tracker and Norad Santa Tracker (Microsoft). 

Children and fan tech can explore some of the very best holiday light displays from around the world on +Google Maps.

This year Google's Santa Tracker has an interesting feature about Christmas traditions around the world. The Christmas Traditions map features the traditions of seventeen locations spread across Europe, North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Asia. 

Click the placemark on the map to read a short summary of a tradition in each location.

Google, meanwhile, has built an interactive Santa Village, which also offers games, videos and a scrolling sled-ride.


Norad’s Santa website includes games, music and movies, and caters for eight different languages. 

NORAD starts tracking Santa at 7am GMT on Christmas Eve, when he begins his journey around the world. He traditionally begins by delivering presents to the inhabitants of the Republic of Kiribati in the Pacific Ocean.
Both sites feature a countdown to all-important Christmas Eve and features which will become unlocked nearer to the day. 
There is so much fun! Both are so creative! However there is some learning too. Traditions, geography, languages (it will depend of the language kids decide to interact). And coding. Google hopes to teach kids to code as part of a short Christmas project written in basic Javascript.

Le Petit Prince
Mark Osborne, 2015
And now the last beautiful surprise. Le Petit Prince, do you remember the lovely book by the French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry? The new animated video by Mark Osborne.

Le Petit Prince
Mark Osborne, 2015

Adapté pour la première fois en long métrage d’animation, le film sortira au cinéma le 7 octobre 2015, en France.

Le Petit Prince a completé 70 ans en 2013. Et 2010 Google a célébré le 110e anniversaire de Antoine de Saint- Exupery avec un beau doodle.

Le Petit Prince
Mark Osborne, 2015

Mark Osborne, le même réalisateur de Kung Fu Panda promet devenir un des plus beaux films 2015.

Il y aura les voix de Florence Foresti, Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel, Guillaume Gallienne et Vincent Lindon.

Le Petit Prince
Mark Osborne, 2015

Synopsis : 
  • C’est l’histoire d’une histoire.
  • C’est l’histoire d’une petite fille, intrépide et curieuse, qui vit dans un monde d’adultes.
  • C’est l’histoire d’un aviateur, excentrique et facétieux, qui n’a jamais vraiment grandi.
  • C’est l’histoire du Petit Prince qui va les réunir dans une aventure extraordinaire.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince is one of the best-selling books of all time (about 140 million), which puts it somewhere between the first Harry Potter novel (107 million) and A Tale of Two Cities (200 million). 

The book has been adapted numerous times- including an opera and a ballet - but next year's animated film might be the most beautiful interpretation, my opinion based on the new trailer.
"The trailer itself is a gorgeous blend of papercraft animation (for the story of the Little Prince himself) and Pixar-sequel CG (for the framed story around it)."
There's no English-language version of the trailer yet, but we're expecting one soon enough. The voice cast for this English version is fantastic (Rachel McAdams, James Franco, Jeff Bridges, Marion Cottillard, Ricky Gervais, and Benício del Toro, among others). Wow !

Le Petit Prince
Mark Osborne, 2015


As my usual readers know I love animated movies ! They are so poetic, imaginative, the stories, the artistic design. 

I love to introduce animated movies into school curriculum. I can already envision so many ways to use these movies to teach literacy, grammar, morals, music, civics, sciences, drawing, for reinforcing the skills, reading, writing, drawing, composingfor reinforcing or introducing the skill of inference.

Le Petit Prince
Mark Osborne, 2015

It is the most magical night of the year, but for children waiting for their presents, Christmas Eve can seem interminable. 

Wishing everyone a Bright Holiday Season! And  a special hug to all the children in the world.

I'm off to continue celebrating Christmas at home with my family.


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